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|Saturday, April 11th, 2009|
This is the part of the year where I regale you non-hockey people with my meanderings about the NHL playoffs. As I write Anaheim and Phoenix are locked in a shoot-out that will determine who Vancouver will place in the first round. If 99's team can win they are doing Vancouver a serious solid - Columbus is a far more vulnerable team than Anaheim, who has a history of playoff success.
Please feel free to agree/disagree and especially make your own predictions.
* update -- Tikhonov scores in the fourth round, and Vancouver plays Columbus!
San Jose(1) vs. St. Louis(8):
This is a very interesting series, one that most would just gloss over since it's the #8 team vs. the President's Trophy winners. Let's face it though: St. Louis is HOT. They went 8-1-1 in their last ten to squeak into the playoffs and they are going to be pumped. San Jose, on the other hand, is pretty dinged up despite being the clearly better team. NO ONE is going to want to take a penalty in this series, as both teams are deadly on the PP - 3rd for SJ and 8th for STL. Perhaps I speak too soon though, as STL has the 3rd best PK in the league, where SJ has the 5th. Don't expect STL to be a pushover, but SJ wins this in 6.
Detroit(2) vs. Anaheim(7):
I'll put this simply - Anaheim doesn't have a chance. Everything that Anaheim does well Detroit does better, except for the goaltending stat and while I suppose that goaltending IS important I just don't see it. If you want to talk about experience both have been Stanley cup winners in the last little while, but Detroit more recently... Anaheim has plenty of playoff savy, but again, like I said they just can't measure up against a team that is better than them in so many ways. Detroit is going to win this and win it big, it could be a sweep, but I'm going to say DET in 5.
Vancouver(3) vs. Columbus(6):
Get ready to watch the paint dry because this is going to be a goaltender's duel from hell. Mason has proven himself to be rookie of the year - barring maybe Versteeg in CHI or Ryan in ANA - but to do it as a goaltender is a way more impressive feat than any of those two. This is the first time in the history of the Columbus franchise that they have made it to the post season, which makes them vulnerable - it is a different kind of hockey, but it also means that they are going to be really super pumped. Vancouver edges Columbus in special teams, which is quite a feat since Vancouver's odd man numbers are unimpressive to say the least. CBJ has THE WORST power play in the league, scoring a pathetic 12.7% of the time - to put that into perspective DET scores more than twice as often. So... Vancouver wins if Mason caves under the pressure of the post-season, it being awfully stressful for a rookie goaltender... Columbus can win if he doesn't, but their tight checking game is going to be hard pressed to cover both the Sedin line and the Sundin line. Vancouver wins in 5. <- Derek is a homer.
Chicago(4) vs. Calgary(5):
Intersting series. Blackhawks are young, Calgary is hurt. Calgary impressed me this year by playing well above their station (as I saw it) and I but the blame for that solely on the coaching of Keenan. Meanwhile, since coach Q took over in CHI they've been on complete fire. This game should be an interestng chess match, but really what it will come down to is wheteher the eagerness of CHI's youth will overcome their inexperience, and also if CAL can figure out how to beat their slump. One more major factor - Saddledome stadium is one of THE MOST HOSTILE places to play, and if CHI can win even one game there I would be impressed. CHI has home field advantage, which is why I'm going to pick them in 7... that and their secret weapon Troy Brouwer. :P
Boston(1) vs. Montreal(8)
This is going to be one hell of a fun series. MON looks like they're on a bit of an upswing, having sorted out a couple of major internal problems, and BOS, well... I don't think that BOS is as good a team as their record indicates - fat on playing teams like OTT and TOR. So here's how I think it's going to go down: Boston gets an early lead, then it goes back to MON... they get to 3-1 for BOS and MON digs their heels in in a big way. The goaltending situation BOS - Fernandez vs. Thomas - should be neat to watch too, but in the end BOS wins in 7.
Washington(2) vs. New York Ranger(7)
Sorry NYR, you're numbers up. You came out of the gate looking like superstars but you made the mistake of only looking at the numbers when you made your team. Chemistry has never quite been settled in properly there and their record reflects that. Washington on the other hand has Ovechkin and Green and some of the best positive energy in the game. Watching them play is fun, not only because it's aggressive but because it works. So New York, I'll see you lose to WAS in 5.
New Jersey(3) vs. Carolina(6)
I just can't get a bead on NJD, no matter how hard I try. The ingredients for a serious playoff run are there, but something... just isn't right. They're not going out in the first, not to Carolina, but still... they can't beat WAS, can they? Ugh... like I said I don't have my finger on NJD. One thing that's sure though is Parise is the real deal, and Brodeur has played lights out as per usual. In the end, after the dust NJD in 6.
Pittsburgh(4or5) vs Philadelphia(4or5)
My heart says PIT, so I'm going to go with PIT, but PHI is going to take a bit piece out of them
on the way there. PHI is always mean, and they have a scoring by comitee thing going on which is difficult to defend against. The question comes down to how PIT uses Malkin and Crosby, and whether or not they can lock up home ice, and thus last change, and thus be able to hide their stars from the PHI shut down guys. Tough call here... brutal series... Cooke is going to be in tough against a big big team - PIT in 6, with casualties.
|Thursday, May 24th, 2007|
I missed the last round of the playoffs prediction-wise, mostly because I was hmming and hahing over the possibilities. It was really tough to call, but I'm sure that no one Predicted Ottawa to win 3 in a row against Buffalo (though I'm sure at least one person picked them to win in 5). As for the Detroit series - I didn't think that the Ducks had it in them. They continue to surprise me with their 'just enough' attitude.
Ottawa in 5. The Ducks don't have a chance, they slacked their way through the Canucks in a series that they should have been more dominant in. They got past Detroit, but even then it didn't look like they were giving it 100%. Something I said in the last round turned out to be untrue - I said "If they play against Detroit the way they played Vancouver they don't have a chance." They did play the same, but won anyways. So I'm going to say it again "Unless the Ducks play up to their potential Ottawa is going to pummel them."
Any other takers?
|Tuesday, April 24th, 2007|
Buffalo vs. New York Rangers: Buffalo in 5.
Ottawa vs. New Jersey: Ottawa in 6.
Detroit vs. San Jose: Detroit in 6.
Anaheim vs. Vancouver: Anaheim in 6.
Yeah... I said it... even if I feel like a prophet that would sooner cut out his own tongue before speaking such heresies. My heart says one thing, but my supernatural powers that made me right 7 out of the last 8 guesses right says another.
Anybody else want to make a prediction?
|Monday, April 23rd, 2007|
|2 weeks later
If you recall... a while ago I said:
>BUF - NYI: BUF in 5
Ding... Buffalo in 5
>NJ - TB: NJ in 6
Ding... New Jersey in 6
>ATL - NYR: NYR in 6
So so... NYR in 4.
>OTT - PIT: PIT in 6
Whoops... not even close here... Sid the kid was playing hurt, throwing off everyone's predictions. Look out for them next year.
>DET - CGY: DET in 4
Right team, but two games off. Can't get past it... Calgary plays well at home, and seeing their stadium full of red jerseys I can understand why.
>ANA - MIN: ANA in 6
In 5... not bad.
>VAN - DAL: VAN in 6
7... oh well... there was a part deep inside of me that said it was going to be seven, but I wrote down 6 because a game 7 would terrify me.
>NAS - SJ: SJ in 5
So... in summation:
Exactly Right: 3
Right team, wrong number: 4
Exactly Wrong: 1
Total number of games off of perfect (wrong guess = 4): 10 (2 + 2 + 4 + 1 + 1)
All in all... I'm happy with my prophetic powerz.
Stay tuned for round two. Current Mood: hockey
|Tuesday, April 17th, 2007|
Fuck yeah. Current Mood: Lindificating!
|Thursday, November 23rd, 2006|
|Thursday, August 17th, 2006|
Snakes on a Plane is coming! We are planning a mass gathering for the premiere!
What: Snakes on a Plane Premiere
Where: The Rio, right on the corner of Broadway & Commercial.
When: Thursday, August 17th. Pregathering at my house from 7pm onwards, heading to the theatre at 9ish, movie at 10pm
Who: If you know me, you're invited.
Sadly, I cannot make it... you should go anyways.
|Monday, August 7th, 2006|
Ok... here's some actual lead time... 48 hours in fact!
I am going to see the New Westminster Salmonbellies play on Wednesday at 7:45pm at Queens Park in New West.
Meet up at the front door area at 7:15ish.
Tickets are like $10 or something.
|Sunday, August 6th, 2006|
|Thought of the day
"Now, play the insolent; now plunder the god's priviledges and give them to creatures of a day. What drop of your sufferings can mortals spare you? We are all but bit players in a tragedy far larger than any of us... a tragedy called life, Logan. But today, for you, perhaps for me -- the curtain falls... and the play is finished"
|Tuesday, July 25th, 2006|
I am going to a Lacrosse game on Thursday evening - you are invited as well.
What: New Westminster Salmonbellies Senior A Lacrosse
When: Thursday July 27 (yes, in two days) 7:45 pm (meet just inside the front door 7:30pm)
Where: Queens Park Arena (1st St and 3rd Ave in New Westminster)
|Sunday, July 23rd, 2006|
|America has a weather ray... and a theatre review
I spent most of the day today hiding from the rays... thinking there must be something more productive that I can do, or should do. Hanging out on the internet surrounded by fans with a wet towel on top of my head is a visual I'm sure you all can imagine. 8:30 seems to have hit and now it seems that the ambient temperature has dropped sufficiently that I can actually blog, rather than just have "How are you?" conversations on MSN and operate Bit Torrent.
So let's be useful.
"Untold Crimes of Insomniacs" A Review by Derek Rawlings
Ahh, the daunting task of talking critically about a play directed and constructed by friends of mine... Fair Trade Theatre's premier offering is Allard's "Untold Crimes of Insomniacs", a so called "unmistakably modern myth" about "seven characters that, over the course of a single night, embark on various quests taking them across the concrete jungle". Rather than give us names, the play gives us templates to understand the characters, from the elusively named "Ghostboy" to the ironically named "Entrepreneur" to the more concretely named "Actor". These in all ways suffice... names would only reduce the characters to people when something more Jungian is called for.
The set is somewhat cramped, with a bedroom doubling as a graveyard and a bus stop doubling for a bank of computers. Take a few steps in one direction and you'd accidentally wander into another part of the universe, where undoubtedly something else was going on. That being said though, the space was used optimally, despite the unusual angles that seem inherent to the theatre space. I wanted the actors to move around a little more, rather than have multiple groups on stage that start and stop to exercise my eyes. The Graveyard backdrop was particularly impressive, establishing a fine ambiance while also amusingly existing through "Gothgirl's" window.
Technically speaking the show did not seem overly rich; there was little reason for spectacle and maybe one or two uses of fantastical lighting, but this seems precisely what the script called for. A few cues were missed along the way, but being the opening night that I decided to view the play I can forgive... they seem like the kind of mistakes only made once. In general the use of props was minimal, a sandwich here, a remote control there, but again nothing stood out as extraneous or missing.
The one thing establishing us in a sense of reality are chronological messages projected onto the rear wall. They remind us where we are, when we are. Knowing about this aspect of the play I was a trifle worried, it seemed artificial, a product of tell, not show attitude that would draw the eye away from the actors and onto a wall, or worse still would simply not be noticed at all. However, in the world of the play it was functional - it managed to be unobtrusive, yet noticeable. It did, though, still suffer at least once as a crutch for the play to let watchers know where the characters were, and in the context of the play only two times seemed at all important.
The final musical choice seems a little too happy-go-lucky for the rest of the play, it sort of slapped me in the face as questionable - I'm sure it was chosen for its words, which were appropriate, but the tone was upbeat when I think the play wanted to dwell on the implications of what it showed you.
As for performances, a few definitely stood out. Zi Paris, in the role of the "Priest" was compelling, giving all of his lines with conviction. My only complaint was that later when I saw how he truly feels about his profession I was a little surprised. He delivers his first lines with such sincerity that when later professes uncertainty about what he previously said it pulled me away from the scene. Devan Vancise as "Ghostboy" was solid, and whenever Alex Chu, as the "Entrepreneur", walked onto the stage (and it happened less than I wanted it to) he carried everyone's attention; his dialog was crisp, and oddly capable of making us feel sympathy, even though the character was such a lout.
The play was one of outrageous coincidences, but that's ok, when night falls we are outside the bounds of reality and into the mythic (where such things are not just natural, but expected). When I discovered that there was to be a chatroom scene I was concerned, but intrigued. There are many different ways that such a scene can be played, and most of them are bad. This one played middle of the road, with characters lining up at the front of the stage and simply delivering dialog; no silly tapping fingers on air, just the lines. In all honesty, I don't think there is a really good way to compose such a scene, and this one was better than most. A minor disappointment was the bus stop set, which existed more in the mind's eye than in the reality of the otherwise physically grounded play. I was expecting a park bench and a pole, but I got blacked out boxes instead, not that there was much room to put it, admittedly.
In summation this is a good first offering from the Fairtrade Theatre Society, a sign of grander things to come... I really don't have that much bad to say about it, and those who know what I do to some films should know that's probably a good sign. The telling of the modern fairytale, of the mythic in the everyday is a bold mission statement, and one I hope they continue to live up to.
Untold Crimes of Insomniacs ends July 29th. See www.fairtradetheatre.ca for details.
|Tuesday, July 11th, 2006|
|Saturday, July 8th, 2006|
|Tea chez Derek
#215 720 Queens Ave (buzz 215)
Sunday July 09, 2006
12:00 Noon to 4:00pm
|Wednesday, June 14th, 2006|
|Saturday, June 10th, 2006|
Is at my place:
#215 720 Queens Ave. (Buzz 215)
When: Sunday June 11
Starts: 12:00 Noon
Ends: 4:00 PM
Be there or be square, yo.
|Thursday, April 13th, 2006|
Yesterday a woman walked into the shop... when writing up a work order for her she identified herself as Jane. I balked... because... I couldn't remember how to spell it the other way.
Call it a brain fart, if you want, but I don't buy it.
|Saturday, April 8th, 2006|
Tea is at my place - the buzzer is fixed - but ninja sneak if you desire.
Seeyall at 11:00.
|Friday, March 31st, 2006|
Getting your hair cut is a humanizing act. That savagery you feel when you wake up in the morning and use far too much shampoo... the feeling of putting on your glasses over top of your hair on your ears... You feel kind of disgusting, but you're not sure how disgusting until after you get it chopped off.
I feel much more human now.
|Sunday, March 26th, 2006|
|Tea Chez Moi...
Tea at my place... come on by.
One problem however - the buzzer into my appartment isn't working, so either call me or come to my appartment window and yell for me or something... Or of course Ninja-sneak into the building.
|Thursday, March 9th, 2006|
|Proof positive that America has a weather-ray...
...and that they're targeting Vancouver. While Turtle may be exagerating somewhat when he remarks, "Every year it snows in March" it tells an odd truth. However, that being said, it does not account for the 'rain, snow, cloudy, rain, rain, cloudy, SNOW, snow, cloudy, rain, CLEAR' pattern that seems to be addling Vancouver at the moment. Only two things could be behind this: Criminal masterminds, or the US government... or maybe I just one thing (US government inclusive in the former)... or maybe it is better to split them up... Criminals, yes... masterminds... well that has yet to be seen.
Regardless, someone is targeting us with a diabolical contraption, and I say we fight back... call our resident heros to slay the injustice.